Changes are taking place to the supervisory board of the Endress+Hauser Group. The annual general meeting elected Hans-Peter Endress, Thomas Kraus and Antonietta Pedrazzetti as new members of the group’s controlling body. In turn, Dr George A Endress, Dr Hans Fünfschilling and Willi Ruesch have duly retired from the board.

Klaus Endress, president of the supervisory board of Endress+Hauser since the beginning of 2014, thanked the retiring Supervisory Board members for their many years of service. They had been members of the independent body since its creationin 2002.

"Throughout this long period they have given critical and constructive support to the work of the management team and thereby played key roles in ensuring the good development of the Endress+Hauser Group," he said.

At the annual general meeting, Hans-Peter Endress, Thomas Kraus and Antonietta Pedrazzetti were appointed new members of the supervisory board.

Hans-Peter Endress (67), eldest son of company founder Dr Georg H Endress, is a Swiss citizen. He graduated from a commercial traineeship and a management programme at the renowned private business school IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1980, he joined Endress+Hauser’s British business as financial director, managing the company from 1985 to 2011 in the role of managing director and, as chairman, is still involved with their development today.

Thomas Kraus (47) is an internationally experienced CEO. He spent a large part of his career at the logistics service provider TNT Express. As well as positions as director of marketing and Ssles and head of the group’s marketing strategy committee, he was also in charge of TNT Innight. From 2007 to 2013, he was CEO of TNT Express Deutschland. The German citizen is chairman of the association granting Germany’s most prestigious quality management award (‘Initiative Ludwig-Erhard-Preis’) and advisor of German foodbank (‘Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel’).

Antonietta Pedrazzetti (51) graduated from her studies in business administration majoring in finance at the University of San Diego in the US. Since 1992, the Swiss citizen has worked for the diagnostics division of the pharmaceutical corporation F Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd and has been responsible for business development with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, as well as strategic projects since 2003.

Additional members of the Supervisory Board are Dr Georg Bretthauer, professor of applied IT and automation engineering, the finance expert Dr Klaus Eisele, as well as the former chief financial officer of the Endress+Hauser Group, Fernando Fuenzalida. Dr Heiner Zehntner, a member of the group’s executive board, is secretary of the supervisory board.